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A form of music which has been taking a real battering for years now.

The main problem is, because of magazines and the APPALLING "Metal" sections in CD shops the first bands which pop into your average persons head when they thnk of metal actually AREN'T metal. This is made even worse by teenagers running around with poppy albums (i.e System of a downs latest two) and calling themselves metalheads, kids who would probably cry and cower after hearing a few minutes of Exhorders 'Slaughter in the Vatican'

I can think of 100's of bands misthought of as metal, from the false inclusion of hard rock legends like G n R as metal, right upto this new "Metalcore" fad, which is, when you step back, as close to metal as Britney Spears. And the problem is newcomers to the genre are put off by this crap which is pretending to be metal.

NOW, actual metal is propped up by a relatively tiny and extremely dedicated fanbase, with help from more casual listeners who may latch onto one of the sub-genres, such as Doom Metal. These people may not stand out as metalheads at all, but are infinitely more attuned to metal than the kid with the Trivium T-shirt, who goes on about how "metal" he is.
Commonly mistaken for metal:
- All Metalcore bands (granted there's some quite good stuff in there if you look beyong inane rubbish like BFMV, but it just isn't metal)
- Nu-Metal
- Hard rock bands: i.e Guns n Roses - Again, some good bands in there, but not metal.
- Glam metal, like Nu I reckon they only chose the name "metal" as it sounds better than "glam rock". Pretty much no connection whatsoever to actual metal.

Best of REAL metal (in my opinion):
Summoning, Artillery, Intruder, Testament, Wolfchant, Emperor, Fjoergyn, Death, Savatage, Coroner, Gamma Ray
by PsychoFox August 10, 2007
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A type of music characterized by it's cacophonous wall of sound and accelerated tempo which is achieved through distorted electric guitars playing fast-paced riffs, with the driving drumbeat often utilizing hypersonic double bass rhythms and emphasizing the continuous pumping action, the bass guitar is often playing similar to the guitar, but more with the drums, so as to add to the overall heavyness and depth. It can manifest in many different forms and the spectrum of intensity is usually quite varied. From slow and heavy melodic grooves, to complex and precise blinding rhythms, odd time changes, and sheer brutality.. metal comes in many shapes and sizes. One common trait of metal is to have vocals dealing with dark subject matter, often sung with anger, aggression, and conviction in the form of screaming. Melodic smooth vocals are also accepted. Solos are an integral part of metal music, as the icing on the cake to complement the heavy intensity of the songs and add more depth and individuality. Real metal has a solo in every song, usually scales and arpeggios played with some changes often in 8th, 16th, or 32nd notes..if only a few quick licks. Metal is progressive and dynamic, and usually provokes feelings that are therapeutic to the listener. Metal is rock music that has evolved.
Opeth, Death, Slayer, Pantera, Iced Earth, In Flames, Testament
by Shroomism October 02, 2003
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A misunderstood type of music that can not easily be appreciated if you haven't heard much of it. It may take a long time for you to warm up to it, but as soon as you do, there's no turning back. Contrary to belief, metalheads are not stupid or angsty - that's just throwing around labels.
1. Metal music is judged too easily.
2. People's minds need to be more open.
by Glome March 14, 2005
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Aw man metal is fucking awesome!!
Metal up your pee-hole!!!
by I like gay anal sex May 05, 2005
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The best kind of music the world has to offer. Metallica, Slayer, Pantera.... need I say more?
Metallica- Ride the Lightning
Slayer- South of Heaven
by Metallica OWNS November 03, 2003
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A group of elements in the periodic table.
Aluminium, Steel and Iron are all metal.
by jumpoffjoeybuddenz October 28, 2005
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a great type of music which has been ruined by too many sub-genres and too many stupid people bitching & moaning & making vacuous statements about what "is or isn't" real metal. They hang around message boards and give each other blowjobs & snowballs.
Stupid Metal Bitch 1: "-insert band name- isn't metal! That's fucking stupid ass mallcore nu-metal. God, you fucking loser. I should kick your ass. If you want "real" metal listen to -insert band here"

Stupid Metal Bicth 2: "Yea..now that's real metal..opeth r0x0rs! slayer! metallica! meshuggah! LAWLLLL..you listen to pussy metal...fuck goth metal..dark metal..death metal..pop metal..nu-metal..industrial metal..german metal..hardcore metal..punk metal..mallcore metal..you pussy. fuck you. listen to real metal, bitch"

Me: -sighs and shakes head in disbelief-
by M0rb1D March 14, 2004
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Movement of music that started essentially with the heavy rock movements of such bands as but not limited to: The Cream, The Spiders, Iron Butterfly, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zepplin, and Kiss. The sound took a larger heavier sound with bands like Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Pentagram, AC/DC and such bands. But Black Sabbath was the most respected and possibly the darkest of the lot. This is considered the Classical Metal era between the mid sixties to the late seventies. From there on out, when the eighties rolled around, Speed metal became popular with the NWOBHM movement, and thrash metal evolved with such bands as Metallica, Exodus, Primus, Trauma, Megadeth, Testament et cetera. During the 80s a more underground movement of slow metal began to evolve called Doom Metal by such bands as Candlemass, Pentagram and the like. Also in the mid 80s a new form of metal evolved from thrash called Death Metal, and used screams, and heavy notes, and shortly after a new style formed yet again from death metal called grind metal or grindcore. The 90's rolled around, and Groove Metal began evolving with such bands as Pantera, and even Ozzy with his new guitarist took upon himself a slower style more groove/doom based rather than thrash. Then around the late 90s the groove and doom metal scene flourished and produced such bands as crowbar, down, and black label society. Also around the 90s a new form of Metal formed, New Metal. It comprised of such bands as Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Manson, Sevendust, and Godsmack. This style focuses on dissonance for heaviness and loud vocals, probably inspired by the death/noisecore of the late 80's movement.
Metal Rules!
by Darrel March 20, 2003
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